Head-On Truck Collision Attorneys in Augusta
Head-on collisions can be shocking under any circumstances, but when your passenger vehicle collides with a commercial truck, you may be terrified as well as injured. Head-on collisions, also known as frontal collisions, occur when two vehicles traveling in different directions collide with each other. The point of collision between the two vehicles is the front of each vehicle. If you were injured in this type of accident in Georgia, you should call a lawyer who specializes in head-on truck accidents.
The Chris Hudson Law Group has years of experience helping injured victims of head-on truck collisions. Let our seasoned attorneys handle your case for you, so you don’t have to worry about deadlines and paperwork. Head-on collision accident claims can become complicated. Don’t leave the door open for an insurance company to take advantage of you.
Why You Need a Lawyer that Specializes in Truck Accidents
Trucking companies and their insurance companies have a team of lawyers ready to fight on their behalf. They will offer you the least amount they possibly can in the hopes you will take it because you don’t have a lawyer who will tell you it’s not enough money. Don’t let these companies profit off you. These types of cases can become complicated because it’s possible that both the trucker and the trucking company could be determined to be at fault for the collision. A lawyer can investigate your claim and deal with the insurance companies for you.
There are time limits on trucking accident claims. Don’t let your claim slip away from you because you waited too long. Our lawyers understand the complex laws surrounding trucking accidents and can make sure you don’t miss a deadline and that you get the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Why Choose the Chris Hudson Law Group?
The Chris Hudson Law Group has years of experience in claims arising out of head-on collisions with trucks. We will aggressively defend your rights and get you the financial compensation you deserve. We will investigate your claim, represent you in negotiations, and represent you in court if needed. You should focus on your recovery and let our attorneys handle your claim for you and your family.
We are passionate about getting you the compensation that you are entitled to. The Chris Hudson Law Group will do everything in our power to help you feel whole again. We have a proven track record of securing millions of dollars for our clients in settlements and awards. We want to be successful for you.
Head-on collisions make up a large portion of fatalities that occur in two-vehicle collisions involving a truck. These types of collisions made up twenty-nine percent of those fatalities in 2019. One of the reasons for this is that the speed of the collision is multiplied since both drivers are heading in opposite directions. If both drivers are going 60 mph, then the collision speed would be 120 mph. Head-on collisions often occur on narrow or rural roadways where there is less room for each vehicle to maneuver.
There are many reasons for head-on collisions. Some of the more common ones include:
- The truck driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This may cause the driver to swerve out of their lane due to a lack of coordination caused by being under the influence. It may even cause the driver to pass out.
- The truck driver falls asleep. These types of accidents often occur at night when someone is naturally more tired or when the truck driver has not followed the regulations regarding maximum hours of travel per day. A truck driver can drive a maximum of eleven hours per day after ten hours of rest.
- The truck driver travels the wrong way on the road. This may occur due to confusion or due to the driver not paying attention.
- The truck driver exceeds the posted speed limit. This may cause the driver to be unable to keep the vehicle in its lane when navigating a turn.
- The truck driver ignores a solid line on a road and passes the vehicle in front of it anyway. A solid line indicates that it is not safe to pass due to decreased visibility. Drivers sometimes ignore these lines.
- The truck driver is texting and driving. This causes the driver not to pay attention to the road in front of them and may cause them to drift out of their lane.
- The truck suffers a vehicle defect such as faulty brakes or a blown tire that makes the vehicle hard to handle and causes the truck to leave its lane.
Types of Injuries from Head-On Collisions
The immense force of a collision between your vehicle and a truck can cause catastrophic damages and lifelong injuries. Due to the large size and weight of trucks, the driver may be unable to slow down quickly enough to minimize damage. This can cause your vehicle to be crushed or completely destroyed by the truck and can result in serious injuries to you or your passengers.
Head-on collisions can result in many different injuries, including:
- Loss of limbs
- Internal injuries
- Broken bones
- Back or neck injuries
- Spinal or brain injuries
These types of injuries can require expensive medical treatment that is ongoing. You may be unable to handle the costs resulting from these collisions. Don’t let a head-on collision ruin your financial life. The compassionate and dedicated lawyers at The Chris Hudson Law Group can help you get the compensation you need to pay these pricey bills and keep your financial ship afloat.
Types of Compensation Available in a Head-On Collision
Head-on collisions can result in many different types of damage. Some damages you may be eligible to get compensation for include:
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Medical expenses
- Psychological damage
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
Some of these types of damages can be hard to assign a monetary value to. Let our attorneys use their years of experience to help you get the full and fair compensation you’re entitled to for your injuries.
Investigation of Head-On Collisions
To ensure you receive the financial compensation you deserve, a thorough investigation into the head-on collision that caused your injuries must take place. The evidence related to your case needs to be preserved. If the investigation is delayed, that evidence may be lost. Let our attorneys handle your case and ensure that all available evidence is collected and preserved.
The investigation into a head-on collision may become complicated. It is best to have an attorney that knows what type of evidence is needed in a case and the best ways to get that evidence. We may investigate the following:
- Phone records
- Video or audio recordings
- Driver’s logs
- Witness statements
- Police reports
- Scene of the accident evidence
The Chris Hudson Law Group has the experience and the resources to thoroughly investigate your accident. We want to take the burden off your shoulders so you can focus on regaining your health.
Liability in Head-On Collisions
Multiple parties such as the truck driver and the trucking company may be at fault for your head-on collision. In Georgia, you can recover from the different parties who are at fault as long as you are less than 50 percent at fault for the accident. The amount of fault you share for the accident will affect your financial compensation in the case.
If you are found to be 30 percent at fault, the financial compensation you are entitled to would be reduced by 30 percent. If the court finds that you are entitled to $30,000 in damages but also finds that you are 10% at fault for the accident, the most you could recover would be $27,000.
Insurance companies will do everything in their power to put as much fault as possible on you so that they do not have to pay you as much. Don’t talk to the insurance company without talking to a lawyer first.
Protect Your Rights After a Head-On Collision
After a head-on collision, you need to protect your rights so that you can receive full financial compensation for all of your injuries. A few steps to take to protect your claim are:
- Do not accept fault or take responsibility for the accident at the scene of the head-on collision. Saying things such as “I’m sorry” can indicate that you are the one at fault.
- Get immediate medical treatment and keep all documentation related to your medical expenses. Be sure to attend any follow-up appointments or treatments to ensure that the documentation shows your injuries resulted directly from the accident.
- Document as much information at the scene of the head-on collision as possible. Take photos of the scene. Be sure to obtain details from the driver such as their name, a photo of their driver’s license, insurance information, and the company that they work for.
- Contact Chris Hudson Law Group as soon as possible. Do not accept any offers or even talk to an insurance adjuster without first contacting an attorney. Insurance companies will try to take advantage of you if you do not have legal representation.
Contact An Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer from The Chris Hudson Law Group in Augusta Today
Due to the seriousness of head-on collisions, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Trucking companies and insurance companies will fight to give you as little compensation as possible.
The Chris Hudson Law Group’s years of experience will help you gain the financial compensation you deserve. We want to stand up to the insurance companies for you and help you get back to your life. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly-specialized truck accident lawyers today.